cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - MAR 29, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
3/12/05. On tap at Pizza Port in San Clemente, CA 3/12/05. Pours a cloudy golden-brown, almost muddy with suspended yeast and caramel-color dregs. Looks like Wertherís caramels. Bright citrus nose-- lemon rind and pine needles-- with some sweetness and dusty bitter yeastiness. Head is a wimpy, thin dusty film. Very small-- probably because of all of the shit floating in the beer and because itís very green. Lacing is surprisingly sticky, albeit uneven-- offwhite in color. Good balance and not crazy over-the-top with alcohol, but it would be nice if it were cleaner. Some grass and very green, piney floral hop bitterness. Surprisingly soft and drinkable to back the prickly flavors. Finish is long and sappy, almost holly-like or mistletoe-- like sucking on a wreath with a piece of straw in your mouth. Body is medium but carbonation makes it creamy and full. Flavor hits you right away and hangs in there-- subtly evolves into the dry finish. An alcohol bite that lets you know weíre really serious here. Faint bubblegum and some shadows of sponge cake sweetness (donít know how else to describe it). A touch of pale gray ash. Some white pepper taste. Nose is too light, but good grass and citrus. Stirred-up head is actually quite good-- shimmering, dense, dusty, creamy-- as it warms. Still only moderately lasting, but it perks up the nos a bit too. A winner, but not a gold-medal winner.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a slightly hazy golden hue with a small white head. Aromas of pine, apples and citrus. Flavors of the same.
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 21, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted at the 5th Annual Bistro 2XIPA Fest. Medium orange gold color, slightly hazy. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is grapefruit, fruit and floral hops. A medium bodied Imperial India Pale Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapefruity and floral. Medium bitterness. Nicely balanced. Interesting beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
arjoseph (639) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
GABF 2004. This was different than most IIPAs Iíve had, and not really in a good way. In the same way that wine can taste "green," this was somewhat grassy-earthy to me, and I didnít like it much that way. The hops on the finish were metallic despite being nice and fruity in the body. A good caramel-butter malt infused this one and made it interesting. Also, I didnít like the appearance; it seemed a bit on the peakish yellow side of things, despite the nice head. Aroma, however, was fantastic: melon, pineapple, floral hops.
SG (465) - Valley Center, California, USA - DEC 30, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A very drinkable double IPA. Availbable in San Clemente and in Carlsbad sometimes as well. Pretty balanced with a complex hop profile. Different and tasty.
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have had th is on draft at Pizza Port San Clemente. Clear golden/amber with a nice head, itís a good looking pour. The aroma has lots of citric (grapefruit notes). The flavor is hoppy, with some malt backbone. Itís a very good IIPA.
Aubrey (3451) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
GABF04: I liked this one quite a bit, and ended up going back for a few samples. Clear and richly golden with a fabulous, lasting head that left behind sticky lace. Rewarding mouthfeel was full and rich, and I couldnít think of anything that it was missing. Sweet malt base, with fresh notes of chocolate. Big blast of hop flavors and aromas throughout. Nice bitterness level. Very tasty beer.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice IIPA with an abundance of grapefruit in the aroma. Taste isnít sticky sweet but subtle and a bit dry. Malt is in there so itís not an over the top West Coast thing but a refreshing, drinkable beer.
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - OCT 11, 2004
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Draft: Pizza Port in San Clemente, CA) This may not be my favorite double IPA, but itís one of the most interesting in the category, so itís Gold Medal at 2004 GABF is probably well deserved; First off, damn! The nose is incredible, one of the best and most unique combination of aromas Iíve ever experienced with a beer; I sat here sniffing the beer for minutes before doing anything else; Grapefruit and passion fruit blew me away on the first several sniffs, and then the nose took on a significant amount of tea aroma; The flavor is unusual, with a pretty strong tea character leading the way; Itís very distinctive, but Iím not sure if I like it or not, so Iíll average it out on my flavor grade; Quite malty, but itís a light flavored maltiness; The strong fruitiness of the nose isnít as dominant in the flavor; The strong hoppiness still seems to take a back seat to the tea and malt flavor; The palate is smooth, rich, soft and easy to drink for a higher octane beer; Amber/orange color and slightly hazy; Off-white head easily maintains a quarter-inch layer, leaving some lacing behind, but not very much
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
GABF 2004: Pours a clear bright golden with a lacy white head. Smells like a fresh hop field glazed with caramel sauce. Very rich, smooth, malty and hoppily bitter with incredible balance. Finishes crisp, somewhat sticky, and freshly florally hopped with no traces of alcohol. This was definitely the best DIPA I had at the festival, and Iím glad the judges agreed with me.